or, The Castle of the De Stacys. A Story of To-Day. In Three Volumes.London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881 Stock Code: 62259
First edition. A Laodicean initially appeared as a serial in the European edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine from December 1880 to December 1881, and in Harper's in America between January 1881 and January 1882. Each instalment featured an illustration by George du Maurier, who had already illustrated another of Hardy's serials, The Hand of Ethelberta. However, with A Laodicean, Hardy and Du Maurier worked closer together, regularly exchanging letters discussing the subject matter and composition of Du Maurier's work.
3 volumes, octavo. Near contemporary blue half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, spines gilt in compartments, blue cloth sides, marbled endpapers, ruling to boards and top edges gilt.
Bookplate of William Saunders, dated 1904, to each front pastedown, and bookplate of E. Hubert Litchfield to each free endpaper. Endpapers tanned from turn-ins,some minor repair to joints, contents tanned with scattered foxing. A very good set.
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